Speed Zone Camera Debate

Speed Zone Camera Debate

Four years ago, speed cameras were installed in Nassau County school zones that caused massive chaos for parents and residents. In the three short months they were active, the school zone cameras issued over $24 million in revenue for the county in traffic violations, a move that gained the program a reputation as a ‘cash grab’ rather than a safety method.

Now, the topic of reinstalling the controversial speed cameras is back on the table with some school districts making specific requests for the program. As the new school year begins on Long Island, school officials are claiming there could be a significant value in utilizing the speed cameras to help reduce serious and fatal speeding accidents in school zones. However, residents who remember the issues these speed cameras caused in the past are not on board with taking another chance with the pesky program, igniting a popular debate as officials determine the next best move for the county.


Tainted History of Nassau Speed Cameras

When the speed camera program was first initiated back in June 2014, county and school officials hoped the program would increase safety for students by reducing the number of speeding cars using the threat of hefty violations. Unfortunately, the cameras did not live up to the hype, displaying major malfunctions such as:

  • Ticketing drivers without notifying them of the speed limit change.
  • Ticketing drivers before and after school hours were in session.
  • Ticketing drivers during non-school hours (weekends and summer break).

A number of residents received tickets without even knowing the speed cameras were installed and active, causing a backlash of angry parents and local drivers who saw the program only as a way to get extra revenue. Yet, despite the outrageous disapproval of the speed cameras in the past, there are still plenty of supporters, particularly ones who have noticed New York City neighborhoods reaping the benefits of a properly running program.


Speed Camera Support in NYC

Not all cities in New York oppose speed cameras as strongly as Long Island residents. Back in July of this year, New York City residents were panicking at the notion that their school speed zone cameras were going to be turned off for good when the New York Senate failed to pass the legislation to keep the program alive. However, in response to an outpour of concerns, the bill was expanded and renewed quickly to get the school speed zone cameras in NYC up and running again. The new bill was signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on September 4th, easing hundreds of concerned parents involved in 140 affected communities across the city.


Pros of Speed Cameras

The massive amount of supporters for school speed zone cameras in NYC begs the impending question- are there true benefits of these speed camera programs for our student’s safety?

A study out of PubMed Health shows that cities who install speed cameras reduce their fatal and serious crash outcomes by 30 to 40% in the areas they are placed. The study concluded speed cameras appeared to be a worthwhile investment to help cities reduce their fatality rates in areas known for speeding accidents, or high-risk areas such as school zones with greater numbers of pedestrians.

Elite Driving School based in Maryland highlights two additional benefits when it comes to installing speed cameras that could make them successful in increasing safety:

  • Situational Compliance: If drivers are well aware that speed cameras are located in a school zone, they are much more likely to slow down to avoid a fine. They tend to behave themselves more when it comes to avoiding spending unnecessary money and in turn, will reduce the number of speeding accidents where the cameras are placed.
  • Random Uncertainty: When drivers encounter enough speed cameras, they may start to assume that speed cameras are everywhere, adjusting their speed more often to reduce the risk of getting unknowingly fined.


Cons of Speed Cameras

Several national organizations oppose speed cameras, reporting the positive benefits of these programs are purely anecdotal and unreliable.

The National Motorists Association defines these results as the most negative outcomes of speed cameras, even when installed in school zones:

  • False Readings: Speed camera radars are not as accurate as they claim to be. These imperfect devices can easily result in wrongful fines, costing unsuspecting residents hundreds or even thousands of dollars if they are unaware of how to fight the charge.
  • Traffic Congestion: Speed cameras cause some drivers to overreact and go too slow. This can not only create a safety hazard for cars going the speed limit but can create unnecessary traffic congestion, which poses its own risk of accidents.
  • No Accuser: When someone is issued an unfair ticket by an officer, you can confront your accuser in court. But how do you confront a faulty camera?
  • Kangaroo Effect’: Drivers are who are aware of where the speed cameras are might fall into the dangerous ‘kangaroo effect’: the process by which cars often slow down and speed right back up as soon as they are out of the ticket zone. This effect can cause unnecessary accidents for other motorists and pedestrians outside of the school zones where the cameras are placed.


The Endless Debate

The debate as to whether or not speed cameras actually protect students and pedestrians within school zones is still up in the air. In extremely congested and fast moving parts of New York City, these cameras seem to be favored as a safety measure for reducing harm to students as evidence of the multiple rallies and petitions enacted to get them turned back on. But many Nassau County residents are still on the fence about these devices remembering the complications they brought in the past. County officials may need to offer more evidence that the safety benefits for our students are worth the investment in speed cameras before the majority of the public gets on board with the proposed measures.

Our personal injury attorneys at Siler & Ingber are dedicated to supporting Long Island families in the case of unfortunate injuries due to negligent drivers. If you or a loved one was injured in a reckless vehicle accident, our expert team is here to fight back for you. Contact us for a free confidential legal consultation to learn more about your options by calling 1-877-529-4343 or entering your information into the online contact form at the bottom of the page.

Share this post



PROMOTION PERIOD: The Siler & Ingber Mineola MegaStar Contest begins on March 20, 2023 at 12:00 am ET and
ends on May 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, a MegaStar must be a legal U.S. resident at least 16 years of age as of date of
Nomination. A Mineola MegaStar is defined as a person who lives or works in Mineola and is admired or idealized for their courage, dedication, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. By participating, Entrants agree to be
bound by the official rules. Sponsors reserve the right to verify and determine eligibility in their sole discretion.

TO PARTICIPATE: During the Promotion Period, Siler & Ingber will accept from the members of the public (herein, the “Nominators”) nominations of Eligible Entrants (Mineola Megastars) who live or works in Mineola. Nominations may be entered by visiting www.nylawnet.com/mineolamegastar and completing the online form and essay submission or by emailing photo and essay to marketing@nylawnet.com during the Promotion Period to receive one (1) entry. Essay must not exceed 500 words. Acceptable essay formats are word documents or pdf ONLY. Nominations submitted without all required information or after the Promotion Period will be disregarded.
Online submissions must be received by May 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET to be eligible. All entries become the exclusive property of Siler & Ingber and will not be acknowledged or returned.

ESSAY: During the promotion period, an Entrant can nominate a Mineola MegaStar for the contest by submitting a
photo and essay. The essay must describe why the individual should be chosen as the award winner, including how the individual demonstrates some or all of the following qualifications:

1) an inspiring example to others by helping make Mineola a better place to live (through volunteerism, extra-curricular actives, special projects, giving back, etc.)

2) going above and beyond to aid a friend, family member, stranger or community in a time of need; and/or

3) love of profession and desire, determination and diligence to help outside of normal job responsibilities. The essay must be in English and no more than 500 words. All information provided must be truthful, accurate and complete. An Entrant cannot nominate more than one Hero.

Submitted Materials: Each essay must satisfy all the following submission requirements the Submission


· The essay must be the original creation of Entrant.

· The essay must not portray any recognizable individual without their prior consent, including consent from the

· Entrant must either own all rights to the essay or otherwise have the right to submit the essay in the contest and to provide the rights to Sage Surfaces as set forth herein.

· The essay must not infringe any third party’s intellectual property rights.

· The essay may not contain illegal, indecent, obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit content, or otherwise offensive material or inappropriate content such as aberrational behavior, graphic violence, drug abuse, or nudity.

· The essay must not promote bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.

· The essay must be non-defamatory and must not invade any third party’s right of privacy or publicity.

· The essay must otherwise be appropriate for publication or broadcast or display on a general interest website.

By submitting an essay, each Entrant represents and warrants that the essay meets all of the submission
requirements and that the distribution, reproduction, display and any other uses of any part of the essay by Siler & Ingber as permitted herein will not infringe any third-party rights. Each Entrant further agrees to indemnify and hold Siler & Ingber harmless from and against any and all claims, demands, damages, costs, liabilities and causes of action of whatsoever nature that are based upon or arise out of any breach by such Entrant of such warranties or representations made by contestant or of these official rules.

By submitting an essay, Entrant grants to Siler & Ingber a non-exclusive, perpetual, world-wide, royalty-free license (and waives all moral rights in and to the essay) to display or otherwise use the essay in connection with this promotion and as set forth herein. If Siler & Ingber determines, in its sole discretion and at any time during the promotion period, that any nomination violates the submission requirements, is otherwise unsuitable, offensive, or in poor taste, or violates these official rules, Siler & Ingber reserves the right to remove and disqualify the essay. Siler & Ingber retains sole
discretion as to whether any nomination satisfies the submission requirements and the official rules.

WINNER SELECTION: For the entry period, a panel of judges will select potential Mineola Megastar finalists based on the compelling nature of the essay based on the criteria set forth herein. Top 5 entries will be announced on May 10, 2023. We will post the top 5 on social media. Final winner announced May 15, 2023. Award Ceremony for Mineola MegaStar will take place on May 19, 2023.

WINNER NOTIFICATION AND RELEASES: We will attempt to notify potential winners via telephone and/or email. If a potential winner: (a) does not respond within 48 hours of initial notification attempt; (b) is not in compliance with these official rules, (c) does not meet the eligibility requirements, (d) declines the prize, he or she will be disqualified, and an alternate winner will be selected by applying the criteria set forth above.
PRIZES: There is 1 Mineola MegaStar. Winner will receive a $500 Cash Prize.

PUBLICITY AND MARKETING: Submission of a nomination in the contest constitutes permission to Siler & Ingber to use Entrants name, identity, title, likeness, distinctive appearance, physical likeness, image, portrait, picture, photograph (whether still or moving), screen persona, voice, vocal style, statements, gesture, mannerism, personality, performance characteristic, biographical data, signature, social media handles and identities, and any other indicia or imitation of identity or likeness for purposes of advertising and trade, in any medium, without further notice, approval, or compensation, unless prohibited by law.

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: No transfer, assignment, sale, duplication, cash redemption or substitution of Prize (or portion of Prize) is permitted, except by Sponsors, which reserve the right to substitute a Prize (or applicable portion of Prize) with one of comparable or greater value, as determined by Sponsors. Sponsors are not responsible for and will not replace a lost or stolen Prize or any component thereof. All Prize details are at Sponsors’ sole and absolute discretion. Non-compliance with these Official Rules may result in disqualification and, at Sponsors’ sole discretion, the awarding of Prize to an alternate winner.


Do I Have A Case

    Skip to content